Helen’s property is around 5 acres and has some bush on it plus more bush on the adjoining properties. DOC did visit and asked about using 1080 on her property … There are signs from DOC indicating the use of Brodifacoum, Postassium Cyanide, Diphacinone and Cholecalciferol about 100 metres from Helen’s property. Geoff Guenole
Performing a valuable public service
By Helen Whitfield
Elamore Farm Rescue is a non profit animal shelter that takes in animals that people can’t keep or don’t want anymore.
We have found that many roosters need our help the most, as people who live in suburbia aren’t allowed to have them.
We keep them here until they find a new rural home.
We also help ex-commercial hens, so instead of them going for dog food, we give them a second chance at being a normal chicken.
Animals start to die
Mid December we ran out of water so we had to get water from the Otaki River thinking it was safe as a lot of people swam there regularly.
A few weeks later we had a few rabbits die but we didn’t connect the water. A week or so later we had more rabbits and some chickens die.
We were then wondering why these deaths were occurring and it wasn’t until our beloved Captain Peacock died that we realised it was the water and immediately stopped giving them water from the river.
DoC on the scene
About the second week in February we noticed vehicles near our property that looked like Department of Conservation (DoC), and we were wondering what they were doing.
About a day later they came and asked us whether they could put 1080 on our property – we told them firmly that
there was no way we would allow that.
More rabbits, chickens and a special rooster called Einstein died with no warning. Then our awesome tame rooster Ivan looked awful and we desperately called out for help.
We were able to get asssitance from The Duck Man of Wellington, Craig Sheppard who took Ivan in and gave him the help he needed.
Ivan is now back home but has a long road to recovery.
His symptoms pointed to poisoning which made us look more closely at where the poison across the road was put.
Looking for answers about the poisoning
We are still in the process of looking for answers as we are still having animals get sick with symptoms that relate to poisoning.
We are very concerned that the poisoning that was set across the road from us has somehow come across the road to my animals. The two paddocks that have had deaths in them are closest to the area they have poisoned.
We have no clue whether it was a hand or aerial dropped poison.
With their immune systems already low from the toxic water, it is no wonder they were falling down dead when another poison was introduced into their system.
It has been suggested that all the animals at Elamore Farm need an injection of Vitamin K to help their systems recover if they have been poisoned, even if they aren’t showing symptoms at the moment.
This will cost us a lot and because we run on donations we can’t afford to do that.
If you can help Elamore Farm please contact Helen via their Facebook Page @Elamore Farm Rescue